Once again, it’s time for a change. This time, I’m rigidly going after a reading-centric style. No graphics. No bells and whistles. Just large, readable text. The body text is done in a Google font called "Vollkorn" that I really like. Even some of you…ahem…more mature folks should find it much more readable.
Everything about the new template is focused on reading the blog. The sidebar has been moved over to the left. The ad banners have been moved so that there is only one in the text area, while the third has been moved to the sidebar. All the sidebar text is much lighter, so that it fades into the background of the blog post text.
Still, I’m not sure I like it. In successive iterations, I’ve gone for a simpler and simpler look. I may have gone too far with this one. This isn’t much different than a web site from 1996. It doesn’t look like progress, with flashy graphics and image sliders and what-not. It’s just…text.
Ah, well, I can always switch back to the previous one. Or the one before that.
There’s been an upgrade to the TinyMCE Comments plugin that allows commenters to use the WYSIWYG interface for creating comments, instead of a plain old text box. Works fine for me, but some of you are using off-brand, suck browsers like Opera or whatnot on your home-built Linux systems, so try it out and see if it works. If it doesn’t, let me know, so I can either unplug the plug-in, or tell you you to use a decent browser like Firefox.
So, based on some comments throughout the day, I’ve made a revision to the site again. What I see on my monitor is now red, dark blue, white, and taupe. I don’t see the “olive green” any more. If you still see olive green on your monitor, let me know, so that I can do some re-shading.
As far as the column widths go, the main content area is 1000 pixels wide. A variable width template doesn’t work out for everyone. Sorry, but that was one of the complaints with the old template, so If you use a really wide screen at 1900px wide, then this is something you’re gonna just have to deal with.
For everyone else, 1000px seems like a good compromise, although I can go wider. I just don’t want to make people who are still using 1024×768 to have to scroll horizontally to see the whole page.
Don’t panic! You’re at QandO. The only thing that’s changed is that I’ve been a busy little beaver, and have–finally!–changed to a new template designed specifically for QandO, instead of the quick and dirty one I slapped together when we switched to WordPress.
I think you’ll find this one easier to read, and easier on the eyes.